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Nov 4, 2007 | 10:41 AM EST

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This is an adaptation of the ALIENS board game made by Leading Edge Games into Flash.

It is a hard game, but there are only 3 missions. Enjoy the difficulty.

Good luck.

"One express elevator to hell, going down"

Flamer kills don't have acid spray. Use them on aliens up close, but when the alien is on a marine, it's too late for flamers. Use melee (fist icon) to try to throw the alien off.

Pistols are almost useless. These marines should just move or help melee an alien off one of his buddies.

Grenades kill aliens 1 square away from the blast square, but injure marines up to 6 squares away. Plus, there is a chance the grenade will miss the target square by one, so plan carefully if you want to use grenades.

NOTE: It was designed for 1024x786, so I'm sorry if it's hard to make out some details in 800x600.

07/25 2008 - uploaded V1.2
Fixed many bugs.
Added ammo restrictions.
Added the ability to flame the ground.
Added the Apone rule into the Reactor mission.
Improved the Alien AI.
Added a score system (Thanks to DMC for the idea).
Added a brightness control.
Fit the preloader music in.

12/04 - uploaded V1.1
Fixed some bugs.
Added some features to help first time players.
Mission summary now tracks total and individual kills, just for fun.

11/06 - uploaded a new version.
Fixed a sound bug.
Juggled the sound to include music at the menu.
Added an indicator that an alien target has a marine.



Rated 4 / 5 stars


I'm not sure if you can call this original, but so few games are. They almost always use the same rules and premises. It's not bad as a game, Although I never played the original board game on which you, admittedly, based this, I can say that it has a great feel from the movie and any fan of the 2nd film should love this. The effects are nice and give it an NES or even PS1 feel. Good graphics with lots of options to aid in gameplay, plus a quick load time.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Great translation of a little-known game

I own and still occationally play the Leading Edge boardgame, and it's expansion. This is a pretty well done, and faithful translation of it.

Yes, sometimes the Aliens spawn right on or right next to a marine. That's a direct carry-over from the boardgame. The randomness of the Alien spawn was, and is, a huge factor in how well or poorly an individual mission goes. I've played the same strategy that got everyone killed, and made it out with everyone alive. Possibly incorporating more info from the game manual into the tutorial (the Acid splash kill chance for example) will help people who are new to this get more enjoyment out of it.

I played an earlier version of this on another site, where it didn't have the ammo restrictions. Adding them in is an important change. As another poster noted, in the 'Rescue' scenario the rescued marines should be available for immediate use during the mission. One slight change, which was a house rule I'd adopted that you might want to consider, would be to let ammo/weapons carry over from mission to mission. Ex: Dietrich dropping her half-full flame unit after the Reactor, to switch to her pistol in Operations, never made sense to me. Something else that I've had problems with (at least in the older version on the other site) was that I have a hard time seeing some of the Aliens on the background, and can inadvertently walk a marine around a corner into them. Hopefully the brightness control you added in fixes this. 8)

All in all though, it's a ton of fun. Thanks for writing this up!

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Rated 4 / 5 stars


i loved the films apart from Resurrection and this game was great but one the is anoying the secend and last levels and so hard i got everyone to escape on the first apart from crowe and i still lost on the second but still it is a great game you shud make more


Rated 4 / 5 stars

A probably well known bug is...

When someone with a machinnegun kills an alien, and he has the option to kill another alien near the first one the option to cancel is not visible. I'd say this is absurd and annoying. Because of that always some of the men dies killed by acid. Well, of course I should have moved the cursor over the character, and I would've seen I was able to cancel... but well, I am... lazy.

Still I liked it a lot and played it once a week for months, although I don't really like the chances to kill an enemy by shooting, it's so random.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

Very nice game.

I certainly found it very enjoyable, but there is one problem I found.

There needs to be a rule to stop Aliens turning up right next to, or actually on top of, Marines. However faithful to the boardgame it might be, It's just aggravating when it happens, and very unfair because the chances are it will instantly grab and/or incapacitate the Marine.

I don't know how the game actually works, but hopefully this is possible.